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Illegals, Border Security, Crime

Updated on September 1, 2010


" For those who choose the Balcony,

 to Judge what they think they See,

Shall never know the Glory

of the MainStage quite like me..."


Enter Sandman lyrics

Songwriters: Hammett, Kirk L; Hetfield, James Alan; Ulrich, Lars;

Say your prayers little one
Don't forget my son
To include everyone
I tuck you in, warm within
Keep you free from sin
'Til the sandman he comes
Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight
Exit light,Enter night
Take my hand
We're off to never-never land
Something's wrong, shut the light
Heavy thoughts tonight
And they aren't of Snow White
Dreams of war, dreams of liars
Dreams of dragon's fire
And of things that will bite, yeah
Now I lay me down to sleep
Pray the lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
Pray the lord my soul to take
Hush little baby don't say a word
And never mind that noise you heard
It's just the beasts under your bed
In your closet in your head
Exit light,Enter night
Grain of sand

AZ vs US... The Trial of Tears

As a resident "on the front", allow me to point out the dilemma from the perspective of the ground troops.

I have a daughter who dated a fine young man from a fine family illegally here from Mexico for many years more than I. Hard working, fine morals, family values intact & more American than most Americans. I won't ask them to leave. It simply would be wrong to entertain the thought.

Conversely, I have a son whom was the victim of a home invasion. His girlfriend was hospitalized for two months, placed in a medical coma, all while being pregnant. Baby Chelsea was born on the 25th of June, a month premature and should be home soon.

Herein lies my problem. Do I allow emotions to cloud my objectivity? Do I place more weight on the effects of violence in my life than on doing the right thing?

I could and no one would blame me. Instead I look at the big picture & keep coming to the same conclusion.

The real danger doesn't lie with the Gov't. not having faith in me making the right decision. The danger lies with me (the people) losing faith in my Gov't.

Point being, if I am able to reach this conclusion, having "skin" in the game, whats that say of the credulity of my gov't...? Therein lies the problem.

Then there's the phase that pays: The phase throughout history that'll go down as the all-time infamous gaff. The reason that stands alone, the reason that speaks volumes to the crux of the matter...

"Show me your Papers."

Enter Sandman: Performance of Metallica in Monsters of Rock in Moscow on September 28th of 1991. Up to 500,000 people attended this concert, about the amount of Illegals making residence in Arizona annually. How's that for perspective...?

The economic impact: Typically the dollars earned leave the country to buy goods & services in their native land...Mexico.

Short of purchasing stock in Walmart De Mexico, there's not alot an american can do.

Perestroika in America?
It worked for them.
I mean, they look happy
or is that the Stoli talkin'

But hey,
Today, I'm just the guy... in the back of the crowd... with laryngitis.

A true American Idiot

ps. Until further notice I sleep with one eye open...

Thank you & God Bless America

The Serenity Prayer

 " Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

      the courage to change the things I can,

      & the wisdom to know the difference..."



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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thank you for the follow-up on your initial response to the Arizona Debate Hub. I'll make an assumption based on your "handle' Veritorogue as a statement regarding your principle of unconventional truth. Thank you for your service Airman. Profile pages are invaluble in that respect.

      I look forward to future conversations.

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      veritorogue 5 years ago from Arizona

      You describe the conundrum clearly and succinctly. I empathize for the good people who are forced to live in the shadows because we cant reform are immigration system to make it fair and respond to our economic need for their skills and labor. When Highland High School student Kelly Tracy was killed on her way to march in a parade by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally it became clear that our broken immigration system that motivates exponentially more illegal activity than it prevents helped get Kelly killed. Unfortunately politicians and bureacrats of all stripes are invested in maintaining the status quo.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Saying Thank you for your heartfelt comments seems inadequate. But it needs to be said all the same. We appreciate your prayers, as do we,for their well being. Your awareness of residual problems following incidents such as these is astute.

      All that being said, my Granddaughter is doing really well. And for that we are grateful. Thank you for taking the time to comment on this story.Thank you for your prayers and may God bless you and yours.

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      You have done a great job to get your message across. It's just a terrible shame that your family were a target for these criminals.

      Your son and his family were lucky to have got out of that situation with their lives. Your daughter in law I believe was saved by a miracle and I am so sorry that she had to go through this terrible invasion on her. The baby, your granddaughter Chelsea, who she was carrying at the time is blessed to have survived such a harrowing ordeal.

      I hope by now from what you were saying earlier, that Chelsea is out of hospital and recovering well. I pray too that your son and daughter are able to get their lives back on track very soon. I know these things to give you problems for some time, I pray this won't be the case with your family.

      I shall be praying for you all Gil and keep you in my thoughts daily. Talk again soon I hope. Pam x *pray*

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I strongly agree with your viewpoint Pamela N Red. This immigration issue needs to be resolved, not kicked down the road. Thank you for your comments.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Once you know them, love them and have some as family your perception changes drastically. I know some dear Mexican people who are honest hardworking and only trying to scratch out a living in this world just like the rest of us.


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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thank you for the visit as well as your kind words and comments Caseworker1.

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      CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Immigration is such a difficult subject in any country that anyone actually wants to go to.

      I think your prayer hits the nail on the head, perfectly

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      My wish for you as well Sir.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My SINCERE Thanks, gj! God bless YOU and YOUR character.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      My experience in the courtroom is limited to standing up for friends and family as a character witness. I appreciate your confidence in my disposition. Thank you for your kind words and comments. God Bless America and the Great State of Alabama.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Well-written, gj! You presented your case with sensibility, honesty, and no bias intentions. You need to be in a courtroom. Voted up and all but funny. My only thought, and I shy away from this topic for we in Alabama are under a controversial law, HB 56, that has illegal immigrants to simply sign the correct paperwork and necessary agendas and they can stay, but the ACLU and other special interest groups have come down hard on our governor for passing this law. I have a heart for the children of immigrants. But after all, arent we all immigrants...the one difference being...we became citizens. And when and if I were in a foreign country and didnt follow long would I remain there? Nuff said. You said it far better than I could.

      Nice work.


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      JON EWALL 7 years ago from usa


      MY FRIEND,let's not lose hope that the system can get better for our youth.It seems that our elected officials are part of the problems,in local state and federal not doing the job.

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      gjfalcone 7 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Jon from chicago said the magic words; Big fan of MR. Lincoln; having said that I wouldn't want to disappoint. Especially when you consider the trials & tribulations of a Country torn asunder. Seems quite fitting, his name comes up often lately.

      Education is the Silver Bullet Tonto.(NO disrespect intended) See that's part of the problem. We get distracted by the disclaimer. I'm apologizing for the existence of Tonto. Then you wakeup one morning and your point of view somehow is different.

      WE all know the range of opportunity is through education. Talk about your bueaucratic nightmare, what beter place to start then with the Public School System. Besides being an utter failure, its a money pit. Ultimately, it best summed up by the student that didn't know what the words apathy or torpor meant.

      He didn't know nor did he care.

      That educational range of opportunity has fences.

      Did Society fail our youth you ponder? You can't teach curiosity. Blame youth for failing our youth. At least it sounds 'deep'.

      My concern is I wokeup one morning and somehow my point of view was different. The abstract brushstrokes of the portrait of America came to life. Let me tell you my friend, if I may call you so, it was not a pretty sight.

      One gets the feeling its too late to set the alarm clock,(you know,one of the old wind-up ones') but way too early to get up. The Educational Range of opportunity has fences. Its too early to say but those fences look alot like the Border. go sox...gjf

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      JON EWALL 7 years ago from usa


      ''Poverty begets crime. Violence begets poverty''

      Poverty comes from our children dropping out of school and not getting an education.The public pays many $$$$$$ into the public school systems.If you don't have an education today look forward to a low paying job, welfare from the government or crime. Did society fail our youth? Did the government fail our youth? Who is to blame when we fail to recognize our responsibility to our youth and future generations.President Lincoln once said '' to be silent is to be a coward''.America needs to wake up and find out what is being taught in our schools that our children want to drop out.

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      gjfalcone 7 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Dear HSchneider;

      Thank you for your well wishes. Regarding your comment with respect to "clouding my objective point of view." The photo of the man peering over the fence. What is he thinking? Has he ever been inside America? Are his children alive & well in Nogales? To think otherwise is to think of a plane in a tailspin. Its the downward spiral of violence & crime, crime begets violence. Poverty begets crime. Violence beges poverty. Somewhere it must end.

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      JON EWALL 7 years ago from usa


      The first hurdle is to stop the flow. the flow has increased since 1986 and the dam is broke only because our government has not enforced the laws. Blaming business for the problem are an excuse only because they broke the (agreement)and were not punished by the government. It's a terrible situation when it comes to breaking up families but two wrongs don't make a right.

      If the unauthorized aliens did not get our governments entitlements, would they leave and go back home?

      '' we have rights'' signs anger many Americans, flying the Mexican flag don't help Americans to support their cause. Union and Hispanic agitators demonstrating in the streets of our cities, attempting to pressure our elected officials make legal citizens angry too.

      My thoughts of sympathy for the problem is.

      Come out of the dark and turn yourself in to the authorities. Register with the authorities and return back to your country (no penalty or incarceration ), allow 6 months to get personal business completed. When the problems are solved, give those who left the first chance to enter legally only because they have registered previously.

      Stay in the dark, get caught, register them as illegal, with no chance for future entry, fine and incarcerate in lieu of deportation short period, second time caught follow laws enforce minimum 10 years in prison and no parole.

      Look forward to your thoughts and comments on my thoughts.

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      gjfalcone 7 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Dear Mr. Ewall,

      I'm sure by now we both realize we agree on far more intricacies of this issue than disagree. Many points you make, are my opinion of which, I couldn't make better. So how is it nothing getting done in Congress.

      Mr. Ewall its been a pleasure...on the minutia and hard core specifics...its been a pleasure. If you ever need a assistant to whatever it is you do, I'd like to apply. Just don't expect me to be a yes man. Truth to power my friend. Lets do this again, how do you feel about the legalization of...gjf

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      JON EWALL 7 years ago from usa


      In these troubled times, illegal immigration has risen to the forefront because of the recession. Our government not enforcing the immigration laws must assume responsibility for those suffering on both sides of the issue. I have had a long debate with coolbreezing on the subject’ ’Should illegal immigrants be allowed to possess driver’s license?’’ another perspective for your comments.

      The illegals in our country cost the American taxpayers $300 billion a year in entitlement money, money that is intended for our poor citizens. That’s stealing from our poor and government taxpayers. When it’s costing the taxpayers $billions to guard the border to stop the unauthorized aliens from coming here ,that’s stealing from legal citizen taxpayers.

      Many of them are nice hard working people, wanting a better life. Poor unemployed people ( citizens ) also want a better life. It’s time, the vacation is over, time for our government to stop the charade , put legal American citizens first and put the violators in prison. Catch and Release does not WORK

      They marched in Phoenix waving Mexican flags and placards ‘’ we have rights’. Groups from California were brought in by the SEIU and AFL-CIO unions to march and protest against the laws of Arizona and the country.

      President Barak Obama, AG Holder, and Congress are aiding and abetting breaking of our immigration laws by not enforcing them and by giving aliens the hope of citizenship and amnesty.

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      gjfalcone 7 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      It's a convoluted circumstance that got more twisted with the passage of time. Your well wishes are appreciated...

      I would caution the reliance upon statistics. The Police Dept. that responded classified this authentic Home invasion as a Burglary. My son was beaten and bloodied; therefore... politics

      Which leads me to the link I'd like to pursue regarding of Drug cartels as an incentive to Border crossings and violence.

      I agree: Poverty & Education is an accurate determinate for commission of crime.

      Once again I thank you for your support.gjf

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      Howard Schneider 7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You have a very poignant perspective with your 2 family experiences. Quite a dichotomy. I'm very glad that baby Chelsea is well and coming home. I hope this is also true of your son's girlfriend. I would hope the incident wouldn't cloud your point of view on this matter. I'd just like to point out that violent crime also comes from legal residents and citizens. I'm told the crime rates are basically the same or lower with illegals because they are afraid of going back home. I'm not sure if this is true but I'm sure you have a more accurate and up close view of this. Keep the faith and stay objective. You have a very perceptive and diverse point of view. Don't let the government or anything else beat that down.